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On the Cover -
Cell phones, laptop computers, and personal digital assistants are all parts of the technology revolution
that are becoming more and more common in everyday life. But instant access can also bring infonvation
overload. Dr. Jeff Myers examines the blessings and problems of our high-tech world.
Sin dud Redemption
by Jeff Myers
In the past ten years, technology has profoundly changed the way I communicate.
The shift was gradual: in 1992 my graduate school began encouraging students to use
e-mail to share ideas with a vast network of scholars (unfortunately for the world of
ideas, I used it mainly to correspond with my bride-to-be). In 1994 I discovered the
Internet and loved how it put hard-to-find information at mv fingertips, reunited me
with long-lost acquaintances, and allowed daily interaction with people around the
E-mail and the Internet have transformed mv life's work. Whereas my newsletter
used to cost $5,000 per issue to print and mail, I can now communicate with 7,000
subscribers through e-mail for less than $10. My on-line bookstore provides a signifi-
' cant source of revenue to fund my leadership training ministry.
Communication technology has taken my teaching to a new level as well: my cur-
rent and former students interact through an on-line bulletin board. Technologically
advanced classrooms at Bryan offer access to in-class Internet and a vast array of tele-
vised educational programs. I've even used telephone-conferencing technology to
bring world-renowned experts to class.
Moreover, technology has brought family closer. My nationwide cell phone
makes it possible for my wife to reach me anytime, anywhere. Parents, sib-
lings, aunts, uncles, and grandparents trade family photos through e-
mail and send electronic greetings.
Yet I've stopped seeing communication technology as a "miracle
cure." Here's why:
Why Technology is Not the Miracle Cure
Technological innovation makes communication easy,
fast, and cheap. Most people are well-acquainted with its
marvels, but what of its snares? Consider the following:
O E-mail offers more frequent communication, but the messages are
less substantive because the attention span of e-mail readers is
O Cell phones are useful, but doesn't it trouble you to see people
walking around in a daze, ignoring everyone except the invisible
person they're conversing with?
O Television offers hundreds of channels to choose from, yet these
vast selections allow them to remain grossly uninformed about
what is happening outside their narrow interests.
OThe Internet, for all its power, is home to the most shocking filth
that perverse minds can conceive.
for high-tech world
Bryan's newest major - computer
science - is off to a fast start, and the
head of the program sees it growing
just as fast.
Earl Reed, who joined the faculty
in the 2000-01 school year, said his
goal was to have the program
approved by the 2002-03 school year.
Instead, the major was approved this
past June, nine students enrolled this
past fall, and the first major will
graduate in May.
"The thing that excites me is that I
was calling last night for the admis-
sions office and I can see three to
five more majors coming in this fall
just from that session," he said.
While there is a solid program in
place, Mr. Reed is quick to point out
that the coursework continues to
develop, to keep up with develop-
ments in the field and to offer con-
centrations in areas of special need
in the computer industry.
"In the next couple of years we
will be able to direct students into
concentrations including database
development, software engineering
and project management, systems
administration or programming," he
said. A management information
systems concentration, combining
areas of business and computer sci-
ence, should be in place by this fall.
"We want to turn out people who
can graduate and go directly into
one of these areas."
He has his eyes open for "really
sharp kids who have been playing
with computers all their lives," who
are good at math and logical in their
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approach to life as the prime can-
didates for the new major.
However, "the ability to play com-
puter games doesn't impress me if
that is their sole experience with
computers. A solid work ethic is
an absolute need because of the
group projects and extended labo-
Like Bryan's emphasis on
teaching young people to think
broadly and deeply, Mr. Reed said
the program's emphasis is to pro-
duce graduates "with a broad
knowledge of computer science.
We want our graduates to be pro-
ficient in computer science, to
work in a way pleasing to God,
and to maintain a strong witness
in their field."
Although Mr. Reed is the only
computer science faculty member
now, Drs. Phil Lestmann and Bob
Simpson teach the required math
Earl Reed, assistant professor of
computer science, makes a sugges-
tion to Michael Clark at one of the
work stations in the computer set- > N <5^
courses for the major.
And while theory is important,
the computer science program
requires considerable hands-on
experience as well. "We don't do
too much with hardware, but we
have a classroom set up where
students work their problems on
top-of-the-line equipment," he
explained. "We are set up separate
from BryanNet (the college's cam-
pus wide computer network) so
students can work without inter-
fering with the college network." Nil
Technology changes the way we think and communicate. It offers enor-
mous potential for good, but it also tempts us to do evil. Some of these temp-
tations are more obvious, such as on-line pornography. Others are more deep-
seated, so we tend to not see their dangers until it is too late. ^^^
How Communication Technology Tempts Us
1. Technology tempts us to think less about what is really
important. Four years ago Prof. John Sommerville from the
University of Florida wrote a book called Ilow the \e;es Makes Lis
Dumb. His thesis? The sheer weight of information we must manage
each day makes it nearly impossible to discern what is right, true,
In Nineteen Eighty-Four George Orwell bemoaned the destruc-
tion of words as feeding ignorance and making the world ripe for
totalitarianism. What Orwell could scarcely have imagined was
that it would become impossible to communicate about important
things, not because of a lack of words, but because people had
lost sight of what really mattered.
2. Technology tempts us to isolate ourselves from one another.
On the surface, technology seems to facilitate communication. Yet it
can actually divide us by helping us avoid those who are "not like
us." The vast array of television channels and on-line forums make it
possible to interact onlv with those who have the exact same interests
as we do.
Granted, it's a welcome relief to feel understood by people who are
a lot like me. When I stop communicating with those who are differ-
ent, however, I am impoverished. True communication should change
us. The only way to avoid changing things, or being changed, is to
stop communicating. Regrettably, this is exactly what is happening: |
Rather than shopping at the corner market, people roam the aisles of 24-
hour mega-stores hardlv making eye contact with others,
Neighbors move from the front porch to the back deck, from the parlor to
the TV room.
Music becomes a means of isolating rather than uniting people.
Political groups stop cooperating for the common good and devolve into
Civilization cannot long survive this fragmentation. The cry of the popu-
lace is, "Leave me alone." Perhaps the ultimate hell is that the wish
will be granted. It is not unlikely that our own nation will col-
lapse not through an explosive roar, but through a deafening
3. Technology tempts us to be superficial. God designed
person-to-person communication to be profoundly meaning-
ful. Father Walter Ong has said, "It is through the spoken
word that we can enter the highest level of intimacy with
others, beyond physical union, into the heart and mind
of the other."
Communication technology permits us to observe
more and communicate less. Our communication ability
is anemic, but even to this technology offers a remedy. Do
words fail you? You can borrow some clever lines from a
movie, or rely on a greeting card manufactured by a profes-
sional writer of emotion, or fill in the blanks in a pre-lormatted
As we become more superficial, we lose the deep sense of
memory that guides our interactions and informs our collec-
tive consciousness. Librarian of Congress lames Billington has
noted that if we lose our sense of the past, we lose our self-
identity to a "world of morion without memory." This, he point-
ed out soberly, is one of the clinical definitions of
4. Technology tempts us to do evil. To s ome, tech-
' nology is an object of worship. Secular humanist
philosopher Paul Kurtz wrote in the Humanist
We have virtually conquered the planet,
explored the moon, overcome the natural lim-
its oi travel and communication; we stand at
the dawn of a new age... Using technology
wisely, we can control our environment, con-
quer poverty, markedly reduce disease, extend
our life-span, significantly modify our behav-
ior, alter the course of human evolution and
cultural development, unlock vast new pow-
ers, and provide humankind with unparalleled
opportunity for achieving an abundant and
It didn't seem to occur to Dr. Kurtz that technolo-
gy could actually feed humankind's destructive ten-
dencies, but that is exactly what has happened. The
Nazis were among IBM's first customers, using rudi-
mentary computers to streamline their genotidal
plans. Nuclear research promised energy in abun-
dance but resulted in bombs powerful enough to
obliterate all living things. Movie studios released
beautifully produced films that were morally
decrepit, dumbing down the conscience of a nation.
, Industry pioneers fantasized that communication
technology would bring global harmony. The reality,
however, is quite the opposite. Nations the world
over have used technology to communicate dehu-
manizing messages such as, "Jews are not persons,"
"Babies are not persons," and "Those who resist com-
munism are not persons." The consequences?
According to historian R. J. Rummel, almost 170 mil-
lion persons were killed at the whim of governments
in the 2 nih Century alone
Rather than unlocking human potential for good,
technologv has handed sinful humanity the keys to
our own destruction. Our need for redemption has
never been more profound.
The Redemption of the Word
How can Christians reach others for the Kingdom
in a world beset by such temptations? The answer is
found in John 1:1, "In the beginning was the Word."
The Greek word for Word is logos, which means "a
When the "logos" is rejected, people lose the abili-
ty to communicate deeply with others.
Because God is a communicative God, however,
we can use words to create, to encourage, to build
community, to reach out to those who are isolated by
the fallout of a postmodern society.
We must use technology appropriately. We must
ensure that our time on the Internet or watching tele-
vision does not squeeze out personal investment in
the lives ol others.
We must take specific steps to protect
ourselves and our families from a lack
of discernment. This fact was rein-
forced when I took my son on a
cross-country airline flight. An
inappropriate video came on the
screen and I asked him to avert
his gaze. After a few moments
he blurted, "I just can't keep
m\ eyes from looking at it."
The images were riveting. They
were also poisoning his soul and
mine. We must be very, very carefuT
about what we allow our minds to
We must speak up for truth and
righteousness, and use words to fight
against evil and injustice. As commu-
nication scholar Quentin Schultze
points out, our communication suffers
from the sin of omission. Scripture com-
mands us to speak up for the powerless,
and we are not excused from this responsi-
bility just because the media obscures the
difference between right and wrong.
We must learn to speak a "word in season."
Proverbs 15:23 (NIV) says "A man finds joy in giving
an apt reply — and how good is a timely word!" We
must replace lying gossip, and verbal abuse with
words of blessing, expressing the grace we have
received from God to a world in desperate need of
hearing the voice of truth.
We must break the silence about what is truly
important. We cannot rely on the media and technol-
ogy to offer a proper perspective on what is true.
Historian John Hallowell noted, "Only through a
return to faith in God, as God revealed Himself to
man in Jesus Christ, can modern man and his society
find redemption from the tyranny of evil."
Speak Up With Confidence!
Let us never forget that Christianity has given us
hospitals, civil liberties, abolition of slavery, modern
science, the elevation of women, regard for human
life, great works of art and literature, workable sys-
tems of justice, education for common people, the
free-enterprise system, and much more. When we see
the good that results from applying God's principles,
and the horror that results from rejecting them, it
seems cruel and irresponsible to remain silent. St.
Augustine was right: those who are citizens of God's
kingdom are best equipped to be citizens of the king-
dom of man. And that is just as true in an Internet
cafe as it is in the remotest parts of the earth.
Jeff Myers, Ph.D. is assistant professor of commu-
nication arts at Bnjan College and director of
Summit Ministries in the eastern U.S. He speaks to
more than 20,000 people etuh year in leadership
training camps ami conferences. Visit his website at
ut of Iowa comes a style of music that takes away more than your
I breath. It takes away your soul. The death metal rock group. Slipknot,
is the quintessential nihilistic, depersonalized entertainment. Don't
think they occupy the fringes of pop entertainment-teenagers buy Slipknot
CDs by the hundreds of thousands (earning them platinum status) and the
group has been nominated for a Grammy award.
The nine members of Slipknot wear hideous, nonhuman masks when they
perform. Thev show their disdain for individuality by eschewing their person-
al names and designating themselves by numbers: 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8.
Their first album released in 1996, Mate. Feed. Kill. Repent., unveiled their seri-
ous desire to take the despair of nihilistic rock a step further. Their songs
include "Wait and Bleed," "I am Hated," "My Plague," and "Everything
Slipknot fans are called maggots. They are fiercely loyal to the group and
have titled their growing numbers and intense devotion as "spreading the
sickness." A number of fan websites caution, "Unless you are willing to die for
Slipknot, don't even think about entering this site."
Are the members of Slipknot aware of the frenzied dedication of their fans?
Sure they are. Mic Thompson (aka #7) said recently, "Here's what's cool,
though: In the end, 1 own your *** children. Say what you want, I can tell your ^^
kids to *** kill you in your sleep, and they will."
What is going on here?
American Culture: Losing Face?
Slipknot did not create the tragic depersonalization that is slowly gripping
the American psyche. Their style and attitudes are drawing energy from many
sources. John Sullivan, English professor at the University of Virginia, claims
that we are a society taken over by technology and entertainment, a phenome-
non he calls "depersonalized intimacy." We are on the edge of a culture that
makes it possible never to deal with real people. The computer, the Internet,
and communication technology are recreating us. We can go to school (and get
accredited degrees), party and converse (in internet chat rooms), and browse
and buy (in thousands of on-line stores) and never look another person in the
face. We know more about our favorite actor on television than we do our
neighbor next door.
The ambivalence most of us have toward technology is no longer neutral as
we move toward a decisive moment. What kind of people are we becoming?
On one hand, we have incredible, instant access to wide-ranging information.
On the other, nothing that dignifies us as humans can be found spending
hours in front of a computer screen or television set. In fact, the growing dan-
ger of depersonalization is made worse by these activities.
Why is depersonalization dangerous, you ask? We have lived in a burgeon-
ing culture where we have become more and more impersonal. But depersonal-
ization is more menacing. To be impersonal is to ignore the dignity of a person
as an individual. To depersonalize is to remove any value a person has as a
human being. It is to reduce them to the status of a thing. The symptoms of
depersonalization are more than troubling.
by Dr. William E. Brown
Three Ugly Faces) of
One obvious face of depersonalization in society
is seen as a manifestation of hate, particularly in
bigotry and racism. To hate a group of people
because they differ in race, ethnic background, or
belief is most easily effected when we depersonal-
ize them. Depersonalization makes it easier to
stereotype others - to take away their names, their
histories, and their faces - and to tolerate hate,
abuse, and even persecution. Hitler depersonalized
the Jews and Nero the Christians. In our own coun-
try we have seen extreme examples of depersonal-
ized hatred toward African Americans, Hispanics,
Asian Americans and . . . well, the list is sadly
Depersonalization is also seen in lust, where
pornography is the most blatant example.
Pornography depersonalizes a woman, for exam-
ple, by making her into an object of sexual desire.
Donald DeMarco notes, "Pornography is not inter-
ested in the face, through which personality shines,
but the objectivized and devitalized body.
Pornography represses personality and exalts the
depersonalized, despiritualized body."
Tragically, depersonalization appears as despair.
Many who isolate themselves from intimate contact
with others suffer depression and a loss of mean-
ingful pursuits in life.
The end result of depersonalization is a dreadful
view of the value of human life . . . even our own
lives. The specter of Columbine or serial killers
hovers over our culture.
"It is easier for us to see each other only as
strangers, or stereotypes. The serial killer stalks
stereotypes," writes Shirley Lynn Scott. In addition,
"It's the anonymity factor," said serial killer Ted
Bundy on the ease of killing.
"We are creating strangers of each other," says
Steven Egger. "As we become strangers we begin to
see others more as objects and less as human
Our Face, God's Face
The biblical worldview screams that each indi-
vidual has infinite value in the sight of God.
Nichloas Berdyaev writes, "Every single human
soul has more meaning and value than the whole of
history with its empires, its wars and revolutions,
its blossoming and fading civilizations."
C. S. Lewis says it even more clearly, "You have
never talked to a mere mortal. Nations, cultures,
arts, civilizations — these are mortal, and their life
is to ours as the life of a gnat. But it is immortals
whom we joke with, work with, marry, snub, and
exploit — immortal horrors or everlasting splen-
Beyond our individual personal value in the
sight of God, the Scriptures are clear that we need
each other. We find our greatest joys in community
where our strengths are encouraged and our weak-
nesses are endured (Romans 15:2-3; Philippians 2:3-
4; 1 Peter 1:22).
Technology will grow into a serious problem
only if we allow ourselves to be defined by its
structure. The great danger is to think that modern
culture must adapt to technology. G. K. Chesterton
boldly argues, "The huge modern heresy is to alter
the human soul to fit modern social conditions,
instead of altering modern social conditions to fit
the human soul."
Living out the biblical worldview will make
depersonalized icons such as Slipknot a novelty
rather than the center of attention. The followers of
Jesus are not "maggots" but children, friends, and
family. We don't have to die for Him to show our
allegiance, He already died to give us life. Thai
makes me feel like somebody special and I can't
help but tell everyone how special they are too.
THE SPORTS PAGE
SENIORS PROVIDE LEADERSHIP
FOR YOUNG BASKETBALL TEAM
"Ups and downs" might best describe the Lions' men's basketball
season as the young squad gained valuable experience under the
leadership of the team's three seniors.
One of the "ups" certainly was a race through the AAC tourna-
ment, with the Lions defeating No. 1 seed and nationally ranked
Brevard and the University of Virginia at Wise before falling to
Bluefield in the final.
"This could have been a disastrous season given our youth, inexperience, and lack of size. But we scored more
than I thought we could, and this has been one of the better offensive rebounding teams we've had since I've been
here. We spent most of the year in the top 10 in the country in three-point percentage," Coach Morris Michalski explained.
Despite a 15-20 record, Coach Michalski said there have been some encouragements such as beating nationally
ranked and conference leader Brevard College twice and defending conference champions Milligan.
Another encouragement is that the Lions have been competitive in all but five of their losses. "We lost 12 games
by 10 points or less," he said. "That indicates we have been in the ballgame and very competitive. We won seven real
tight ones too."
The coach said he especially appreciates the leadership and efforts of the team's three seniors, Jared Jones, Aaron
Braun-Duin, and Michael Carter. "For us to be halfway good, we had to be overachievers, and these three certainly
set the example. They had a positive effect on the other guys."
Coach Michalski also tagged sophomore Chris Travis for recognition. "What a meteoric rise this young man had.
What a thrilling scorer and true sparkplug he became. Chris added maturity and polish to his game and everyone
has benefited. It's a rare honor for him to be chosen All-Conference as a sophomore."
The three seniors will be lost to graduation this year, but he is excited about the contribution three freshmen -
Josh Loey, Brandon Gordon, and Michael Stone - have made already. "What they have shown me makes me believe
they have a great career ahead of them here." He also has high hopes for junior Brett Wright for next season; "He has
the potential to become the dominant point guard in our league next season."
Coach Michalski also is excited that seven of his players (see related story) were named to the Academic All-
Conference team, and possibly to the NAIA's Academic All-American squad. "That's really significant when half the
team has that kind of academic strength," he said.
TENNIS TERMS BUILDING IN EXPERIENCE
Hrvan's tennis teams were looking forward to the 2002 season as they prepared for
the start of league play in February, Coach Bob Andrews said.
The men's and women's teams will be building on experience gained
last year and are expecting help from several new players, he said.
Four returning sophomores - Courtney Roberts, Heidi Seera, Katie
Lestmann, and Silvia Ayala - will be joined by three players new to the
women's team. Dr. Andrews said Kimberly Dyer, Melissa Myers, and
Megan Sherrin will add strength to the squad.
"We have good depth this year," Dr. Andrews said. 'The girls have
about equal ability. This should give us a realistic shot at a better than .500
season," A year ago, the women had a 2-9 record.
'Their attitudes and spirits are good, and 1 think we'll see positive
results," he said.
For the men, returning players Carlos Ayala, Kent Suter, and Ross
Hubler will give the team a boost at the first three positions. "Carlos did
well at No. 1 last year," the coach said. "He can play with anybody. And he and Kent
will give us a strong doubles team.'
Dr. Andrews is expecting immediate help from freshmen Andrew Bauman. Terry
Hill, and Josh Long. Reid Daniels also should make a contribution when he joins the
team after basketball season.
"The guys definitely should finish .500 or better," the coach said. "I think they will
be competitive with everybody."
Members of the men's tennis team
include, from left, Iront, Josh Long.
Andrew Bauman, Carlos Ayala, and
Ross Hubler. Back are Terry Hill,
Kent Suter, Travis Seera, Reed
Daniels, and Coach Bob Andrews.
Lady Lions Coach Jim Arnold gives his leam instructions dur-
ing a time out late in the season, The Lady Lions compiled
their best record ever and won the NCCAA Mid-East Regional
championship and a berth in the NCCAA National tournamenl
CONTEND FOR CONFERENCE TITLE
A heart-breaking loss in the AAC Tournament semifinals ended the
Cinderella NAIA season for the Lady Lions basketball team as the team com-
piled a best-ever 25-8 record and a third-place conference finish.
But the Lady Lions went on to win the NCCAA Mid-East Regional championship and a berth in the NCCAA national tournament in early March.
First-year Coach Jim Arnold, who won AAC Coach of the Year honors, said this year's success was a combination of returning players with
playoff experience, strong leadership from three new players, and hard work by the whole team.
"The girls felt like they had momentum after beating Covenant in the playoffs last year," Coach Arnold said. 'That gave them the confidence to
believe they could compete with the best."
Senior transfer Becky Blesch and freshman sisters Sarah and Liz Bass brought an offensive one-two-three punch, tossing in an average of more
than 50 points per game between them, as well as strong defensive statistics to provide an extra spark for the team. "They all have been nominated
lor All-Conference honors," the coach said. 'The conference coaches feel they are three of the best 15 players in the conference."
In addition. Katie White, Kate Strunk, and Stephanie and Valerie Huttenhoff have provided valuable support to the leam effort.
The girls came in in good shape and have worked hard. They were ready to go forward right away," Coach Arnold said. 'Their effort level,
combined with their talent, has really paid off."
One of those pay-offs came in December when the Lady Lions defeated Alice Lloyd on the road, the first lime they had beaten Alice Lloyd.
Then in a week's time in January, the Lady Lions beat nationally ranked Brevard College
King, Alice Lloyd, and Covenant.
The strong showing this year has set a high mark to live up to, but Coach Arnold is excited
about the prospects for the future. "We started two freshmen, two sophomores, and a senior,
so we are a young team," he said. "We're losing Becky (Blesch) to graduation. In my opinion,
she's the best player in me conference. She's a spiritual leader on the team, as well as the floor
leader. She'll be hard to replace as a player and as a person.
But I feel like all the girls have done a great job. Everybody is supposed to be back, and
we have some young people I'm looking at who would be quality players and Students
Jim Arnold, AAC Coach of the Year
Liz Bass and Sarah Bass, Freshmen of the Year
Becky Blesch, Liz Bass, and Sarah Bass, All-
Becky Blesch, Kimmie Hill, Valerie Huttenhoff,
Kate Strunk, Katie White, All-Academic team
Becky Blesch, NCCAA Mid-East Region Player
of the Year
Brandon Gordon, Josh Locy, All-Freshman Team
Chris Travis, All-Conference Team
Josh Locy, Jordan Musselman, Jared Jones,
Michael Carter, Jeff Rohman, Michael Stone,
Aaron Braun-Duin, All-Academic Team
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VOLUME II Publication
Deadline: June 1, 2002
Length: 500-700 words including scripture verse
in an effort to
raise funds for cur-
rent sludenl scholar-
ships, Bryan College
offered to its alumni
opportunity to pur-
chase the solid
bronze mail box
door, complete with
the original box
number, that they
were issued during
their years as a Bryan student.
The mailboxes could be framed in a
mahogany display shadow box along with a
plaque, which stated the history of the mailbox
and the name and class year of the alumna/alum-
To date, your Alumni Ministries Office has
shipped over 240 mailboxes to grateful alumni
around the country. We have been inundated
with letters and phone calls expressing appri
tion for the chance to own such a unique piei
Bryan College history.
Many boxes were given as Christmas gifts
were received with tears of joy and adulation
turn, their joy has helped raise nearly $14,000 for
deserving young men and women to continue in
their biblical worldview education at Bryan
College. For your generosity, we are extremely
We have a few boxes left to offer to our alum-
ni. If you would be interested in giving a tax
deductible gift to help a current student "finish
the course," we can still send you, as a gift, your
college mailbox or have an existing box retrofit-
ted with your personal box number. Boxes will
be assigned on a first come, first serve basis.
Once they are gone, they are gone forever.
Please call the Alumni Ministries Office at
I-H00-55-BRYAN to make your gift now.
OlOgy: More Than a Game to ]im Wolfe
Jim and Piiltie Wolfe
degree doesn't necessar-
ily lock a graduate into
a banking or sales job, Jim
Wolfe, '78, has learned.
Jim is principal and operating
partner of a graphic design and
marketing company that takes a
high-tech approach to meeting a
client's communications needs.
Those clients have ranged from
Bryan College - enjoying the
fruits of Brainstorm Design's
labors on its website - to inter-
national Fortune 500 companies.
Brainstorm is a graphic design and marketing com-
pany, Jim explained. "We can develop communication
programs in all kinds of media - print, electronic, or
web-based - and integrate the components."
The seven-year-old company is not Jim's first entrepre-
neurial adventure. He started and sold two companies
before Brainstorm, striking out on his own after time in
banking and marketing in the communications industry.
"I was not a finance major, but I learned how to
think at Bryan," he said. "I got more training as 1 went
along, but I really believe that while at Bryan 1 was
coached into how to think." He cited Dr. Robert
Spoede, professor emeritus of history and social sci-
ence; Dr. Bill Ketchersid, professor of history; and for-
mer English professor Jerry Sawyer as key to his intel-
From his perspective, running a business is running
a business. "Technology is new and exciting, but it's
just a business," Jim said. "I'm not a computer engi-
neer. I see myself as operating a business that has a
technical side to it."
And while it's a business in a popular field, he said
his firm tries to be careful to ensure it is meeting
clients' needs, not just technological daydreams. "If
someone says, 'I just have to have a website,' I would-
n't work with them. If they haven't thought through
the technology - if it's just like them carrying a Palm
Pilot they never use - they're not our kind of client.
They need to think, 'How does this solve a problem?'
to help their business, not-for-profit organization, or
ministry achieve its mission."
Technology may pay the bills, but Jim says his life is
much more than his job. When he's not at work, he's
taking care of his "core personal mission - being a
husband and a dad." He and his wife, Pattie (Davis),
'79, are parents of Brittany, 16, Lindsey, 14, Geoffrey,
12, and Hillary, 10. He also serves as a deacon and
worship leader at his church, works with the family
and sports programs of Shepherd Community, an
inner-city ministry in downtown Indianapolis, and is
chairman of the board of Cornerstone University.
When time permits, he also likes to drive his motorcycle.
Not only did Jim leave Bryan with an education, he
met his wife here. "Technology is not Pattie's thing -
she's a very gifted teacher - but she has been so sii|^^
portive of everything I have done. I never would have
been successful in life without her. One of my great
take-aways from Bryan College is a godly wife."
ILA RUTH MAHR, '48,
moved to Iowa to be near
family. Ila leads a ladies Bible
study and volunteers at the
local elementary school.
PAUL, '50x, and ELAINE
(KENNARD), '47, SYERS
serve as missionaries to
Brazil. Elaine teaches
Portuguese with special class-
es on pronunciation. Together
they are approaching 50 years
of service in Brazil.
RUTH JOY (SEL-
TENRIGHT) GULLEY, '53x,
serves as a missionary to
Ukraine where she teaches
second grade at New Hope
BOB, '56, and Wanda
HEARING have completed
nine years serving full lime
with Child Evangelism
Fellowship. This includes
serving in three states and liv-
ing in a 33-foot travel trailer.
CLIFF, '59, and MARY
ALICE (GREIDER), faculty,
'54, BRANSON reside in
Nebraska where Cliff is pas-
tor of Rosehill Evangelical
Free Church. They recently
^raveled over 21,000 miles
'round trip to visit their
daughter, Beth, and family
who serve as missionaries
with Africa Inland Mission in
Mozambique. They were able
to participate in many of the
missionary activities. Cliff
preached one Sunday while
Beth translated into
Portuguese and another trans-
lated into Cindau.
LOIS (TABER), '63, and
Dwight BAKER have moved
to New Haven to join the staff
at Overseas Ministries Study
Center. They are part-time
hosts for the individuals and
families, mainly international,
who live in one of OMSC's
apartment buildings; these are
people involved in church
DAVID and ANN (KELLY)
LIND both '65, serve as mis-
sionaries in Brazil. They ask
that we continue to pray that
the church's building permit
will be granted. They are
beginning some of the initial
stages of construction by
clearing the land.
JOHNNIE TRIVETTE, '70,
announces his retirement as
an Air Force colonel effective
Feb. 1. He and his wife,
Danet, plan to live in
Oklahoma City, Okla.
JOHN, '70, and JEANETTE
YOUNG live in Richmond,
Va., where John teaches at
Richmond Christian School.
They are proud to announce
that their son, Jonathan,
recently married and their
daughter, Jennifer, is engaged
to be married.
BONITA SPENCER, '74,
and Jim MEARS were mar-
ried Dec. 15. Bryan alums
who attended the wedding
are pictured from left: DAVE
and BETTY RUTH (BAR-
ROWS) SEERA, both '74;
MARCIA SHEIN, '74; BON-
NIE (BOYD) EDENFIELD,
'74; STEVE GRIFFITH, '74;
and DOW BARTON, '74.
GARY SIEFERS, '75, and
his wife, Cheryl, reside in
Tuscon, Ariz., where Gary
continues as superintendent
of the Pre-K-8 ,h school pro-
gram as well as overseeing
his church's activities for chil-
dren. Gary has been elected to
the Association of Christian
Schools International's execu-
tive board. Cheryl teaches 2-
year-olds in the school's
Parent Day Out program.
'75x, lives in Memphis, Tenn.,
where he is the director of
Student Services at Belhaven
CARL, '77x, and her husband,
Bob, have moved to New
Mexico. Bob has accepted a
position at Mesilla Valley
Christian School as a histo-
ry/Bible teacher and Gloria
works part-time as a regis-
tered nurse in pediatrics.
Bonila and Jim /Wears and
ERIC P. CLARKE, MD, '80,
has joined the Orthopedic
Specialists of East Ridge
Hospital in Chattanooga,
Tenn. He completed his resi-
dency training in orthopedic
surgery at the University of
Buffalo School of Medicine
and Biomedical Sciences in
Buffalo, N.Y. Following resi-
dency, he was an AO fellow
in Switzerland and Germany
before completing a yearlong
fellowship in sports medicine
at Northtowns Orthopedics in
New York. While there, he
was on the medical team for
the Buffalo Bills of the
National Football League, the
Buffalo Sabers of the National
Hockey League, and Buffalo
'80, and his
serve as mis-
m I sionaries to
L^H Africa but
are living in Winchester, Ky.,
on home assignment. They
announce the birth of their
fourth child, Anne Elisabeth,
on Sept. 28, 2001. Anne joins
sister Kathryn, 11, and broth-
ers Bryan, 7, and Ethan, 4.
MARTHA (THOMAS), '80,
and Jeff DINGUS have two
children, Sarah, 16, and
Nicholas, 3. They serve as
missionaries with Bancroft
Gospel Ministry in Kingsport,
DAVID, '80, and JILL
(MCCORMICK), '81, SIMP-
SON continue to serve with
New Tribes Mission but have
relocated to their international
headquarters in Sanford, Fla.
They oversee the processing
of short-term associate teach-
ers and non-teachers for
NTM's overseas schools for
JOEL RILEY, '82, and
Monica Tompkins were mar-
ried Sept. 8, 2001. Joel and
Monica live in Tampa, Fla.
Joel and Monica Riley
NORMA JEAN (KEN-
NEY), '82x, and BUI
JANCEWICZ serve as mis-
sionaries to Canada with
Wycliffe Bible Translators.
They have three children; the
oldest, Benjamin, is a sopho-
more in college. Beth is 15
and Nick is 11.
Bill and Nonva Jean Jancewicz.
Beth and Nick
DICK and SARA (MUR-
DOCH) HART, both '83, have
returned to Bolivia after being
in the States for a year. Dick
travels to train teacher- for
the Theological Education by
Extension study centers. Sara
is guiding a puppet team
through weekly Bible studies
with an emphasis on disciple-
ship and personal growth.
They have two children,
Daniel and David.
DR. LAURA PAYNE, '83, is
the area director of a new
ministry in Knoxville, Tenn.,
Joni and Friends Knoxville
Area Ministry, an affiliate of
Joni and Friends, an interna-
tional ministry to the dis-
abled. Us mission is to make
the Gospel accessible to the
disabled and their families, to
build leaders among those
affected by disability, and to
assist churches in being effec-
tive in their ministry to the
COCANOUGHER, '83, along
with husband, David, daugh-
ter, Caitlin, and son, Robert.
went on a Make-a-Wish trip
to Wyoming. One of their
stops was Yellowstone
Monique and David Cocanougher,
Caitlin and Robert
DEBRA J. RICHARDSON,
'83, resides in Sunrise, Fla.
Debra is a flight attendant for
JONES, '84, teaches kinder-
garten at Central Christian
School in Kansas. Her hus-
band, Tim, is working toward
a degree in elementary educa-
tion and will finish at Wichita
State University. They have
two sons, Josh and Jonathan.
JOHN and JOYCE (JOHN-
SON) RATHBURN, both '84,
reside in Texas and are
involved in the Wright Wav
Prison Ministry, [ohn also
conducts Sunday sen ices as a
volunteer chaplain a( Autumn
Community in Dallas.
TODD, '84, and BARBARA
(BATES), '87x, GARDNER
reside in St. Joseph, Mich. Todd
recently started his own com-
pany, Soufhshore Marketing,
They have four children,
Justine, 12. [oshua, 10; Abigail,
8; and Annabelle, 6.
Todd and Barbara Gardner. Justine,
Joshua. Abigail, and Annabelle
TITUS HANHAM, '85, and
\n\.-\. are missionar-
ies to Russia. Titus is now
tified to teach a program or ID
courses lor pastors and
church leaders in Russia.
They have had the opportuni-
ty to lead a Bible study for
several young Russian cou-
ples as well as hosi ,i number
of missionaries and Christian
SHAWN and DENISE
(GEARHART) WOLFE, both
'86, reside in Derwood, Mil.
They have three children,
Ryan, Lauren, and Connor.
Shawn is the chief operating
officer at Wright
WILLIAMS, '88, and her bus
band, Chris, announce the
arrival of Tyler Jake, born Aug.
16, 2001. Tyler and his parents
live in Land O' Lakes, Fla.
RICHARDSON, '88, and her
husband, Dennis, are serving
as missionaries in Anchorage,
Alaska. Their ministry is
called mterAct Ministries,
which just celebrated its 50 lh
HANS, '88, and MAR-
GARET (JOHNSON), '88x,
KIRKMAN announce the
birth of their sixth child.
Caroline Louisa, on Sept. 16,
2001. She joins brothers
Mitchell, 7; Braxton, 6;
Everett, 4; Keaghn, 3; and
( Irayson, 20 months.
ANDY and KAY (POW-
ELL) BRUNER, both '88, have
returned to the Solomon
Islands where they will spend
most of their lime in Tawatana
\ illage on the island of
Makira. Andy has made good
progress on the Arosi New
Testament and if all goes well
they trust that it will be pub-
lished by Easter of 2004
DAWN (STACY), '89, and
Sieve HONECKER are mis-
sionaries supporting Bible
translation through JAARS
Sen ice. In February they cele-
brated 10 years with Wycliffe
as a couple. They have two
children, Stacie and Heather.
Chris. Bonnie, and Tyler Williams
Steve and Dawn Honecker, Stacie
THOMAS SHANLEY, '89,
and his wife, Jennifer,
announce the birth o! their
set ond child, Sara Grace, on
Inly 31. 2001. Sara joins big
MICHELLE (DEAVERS), v
'91, and Thomas ALEXAN- ^
DER were married on Sept.
29 in Hagerstown, Md., where
the couple resides. Michelle
works with the Hagerstown
Police Department as a police
officer assigned to the Street
Crimes Unit. Thomas is a
lieutenant with the police
KEVIN, '91, and KARLA
(TRAMMEL), '93, BOOT
recently moved to Columbia,
S.C., to join the staff of
Intl. Kevin has been busy
revising orientation guides for
Crossover's mission trips to
Brazil, Canada, and Bahamas,
while Karla is has been busy
taking a course to learn
MCDANIEL, '91, was com-
missioned into the Air Force
in December. She is serving at
Travis Air Force Base in
TOM STAHLER, '92, grad-
uated from Baylor University
with a Masters of Science
degree in information systems
in December 1999. He joined
Technical Computing Co. in
Houston, Texas, and is techni-
cal team lead of the
Docu men turn 4i Project.
CASSIE (PAYNE), '94, and
Tim FISH announce the birth
of their second child, Anna
Blair, on April 11, 2001. She
joins her brother Caleb, 2.
They reside in Singapore
where Tim is the business
administrator for the Network
of International Christian
DANIEL, '94, and KIM-
BERLEE (HAYS), '95, TERRY
were married on Nov. 24,
1001. Thev reside in Ferndale,
ANNETTE (STEELE), '94,
and Rodney MILLER
announce the birth of iheir
daughter. Chads Joy, on May
15, 2001. Rodney is the youth
pastor at their church in
Ki Manning, Pa., and Annette
helps with the youth and is a
Chans Joy Miller
JOHN, '95, and ANGELA
(GRIGGS), '94, SPEARS
announce the arrival of their
second son, Jared Davis, born
Nov. 15. He joins big brother
Andrew, 2. The Spears family
■esides in Woodstock, Ga.
Andrew and Jared Spears
JONI (KNECHT), '95x, and
Tim PEARSON were married
in August 2001. The wedding
party included BETHANY
(I'HINNEY) HICKS, '95, and
SONYA (KNECHT) BICE, '87.
Joni works as an RN in
Louisville, Ky., hospitals and
recently founded a company
that offers continuing educa-
tion and certification to med-
^, CARRON POWELL, '96,
lives in Columbia, S.C., where
she is enrolled at Columbia
Biblical Seminary pursuing .i
Master's of Divinity degree in
leadership lor evangelism and
96, is residing in Stockbridge,
Ga. She is a fifth grade
teacher at Eagle's Landing
Christian Academy in
GENCI, '97, and EMILY
(LINK), '99, KEJA have relo-
cated to Lancaster, Pa., where
Genci is teaching high school
science /biology and coaching
varsity boys' soccer. Thev cel-
ebrated the first birthdav ol
their sun, Addison Edward,
on Oct. 27, 2001.
CHRISTINA DAY, '97, is a
fourth-year social studies
teacher at Lakeland Christian
School in Lakeland, Fla. She is
also pursuing a Master's
degree in the counselor edu-
cation program at the
University of South Florida
where she attends part time
GRANT, '97, and ERIN
(MCKINLEY), '98 HENDRIX
reside in Burlington, N.C.
Grant teaches math and
coaches soccer at Woodlawn
Middle School and Erin is the
teller supervisor at First State
JEANNA (BROOME), '97,
and Brian BAG LEY were
18, 2001. Maid
of Honor was
TON, '96; JEN-
(BRASHER) DALE, '96; and
ALLISON WOMBLE, '98.
Guests included HEATHER
BRASHER, '97, and JULIE
Brian and Jeanna Bagley
DAVID, '98, and ANGIE
(SKERJANEC), '99, WILKIN-
SON, along with then sun
Jonathan David, recently
moved to South Africa.
David, with his ministry.
has been invited to provide
training for leaders and com-
municators in 10 African
David, Angle and Jonathan
SHAW, '98; SCOTT CUN-
NINGHAM, '93; and
CHARLES PRIEST, '92, are
members of the Tennessee
Baptist Chorale, which is
composed of ministers of
music in Tennessee Baptist
Andrew Healhershaw, Scoll Cunningham, and
MANNY CARRILL, '99, is
the co-director of Rhea
County's Rites of Passage
program in Dayton, Tenn.
This is a new program for
juvenile offenders that seeks
to provide each child with a
vision and a goal for life.
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TRAVIS STEVENS, '01, is
a missionary in Budapest,
Hungary, with Greater Grace
World Outreach. Travis is
teaching at an international
Christian school associated
with the church. The school
has students from 30 coun-
tries in grades K-12. He also
helps with the youth group.
With the Lord
SAUNDERS, '39x, of Storrs
Mansfield, Conn., passed
away Sept. 13,2001.
THEOBOLD, '42, of
Camdenton, Mo., passed
away Jan. 6. Leona was pre-
ceded in death by her hus-
band, PAUL, '43x.
ANNA ROBINSON, '83H,
of Dayton, Tenn., passed
away Jan. 15. Her husband,
Charles, who is a former staff
member at Bryan, survives
her. as do her son. Bill, '72,
and daughter, Charlotte
McSpadden, '70. Both Anna
and Charles were named hon-
orary alumni in 1983.
Christopher Steele of
Spring City, Tenn., son of
JAMES and PEGGY (WENT-
WORTH) STEELE, both '74,
passed away Nov. 9, 2001 .
CHEERS, '60, of Dayton,
Tenn., passed away Jan. 28.
Federal judge orders halt
to rem classes
Nearly 100 Bryan stu-
dents gathered at the Rhea
County Courthouse dur-
ing the college s day of
prayer in February to
pray for need- of the com-
munity. Students prayed
for wisdom for local offi-
cials about the Bible
Education Ministry law-
suit along with other
Bryan's 50-year-old Bible Education
Ministry (BEM) was ordered out of Rhea
County elementary schools Feb. 8, when a federal judge granted a motion for
summary judgment in a suit brought by two local parents and a Wisconsin
Judge R. Allan Edgar granted the motion by the Freedom from Religion
Foundation and the two parents, who have been listed as "John Doe" and "Mary
Roe," 11 days before the case was to be heard in his Chattanooga courtroom.
The suit alleged that the BEM classes were being taught "devotionally" in vio-
lation of the constitutional prohibition of establishment of religion.
However, Bryan President Dr. William E. Brown disagreed. Dr. Brown said the
classes were taught to familiarize students with the content of the Bible, not to
impose a sectarian viewpoint. "Every educated person needs to know what's in
the Bible," he said. "It's the foundation for western culture."
Rhea County Board of Education Chairman John Mincy said in response to
the judge's ruling, "1 don't feel like we've had our shot. We haven't had our day
in court yet. We're dedicated to this cause. We're dedicated to keep (the BEM
program) in Rhea County schools."
The college, which was not named in the suit will support the school board's
final decision in the matter, Dr. Brown said. He also suggested that the BEM cur-
riculum might be modified to a character education program that already is
being taught at Dayton City School.
The school board \ oted to appi-al the ruling $nd seek a full hearing on the
David ]. nasoner
named Senior V.P.
Academic Vice President Dr. David J. Masoner has been
named senior vice president of the college effective July 1,
President Dr. William E. Brown has announced.
Dr. Masoner, academic vice president since 1995, will
assume duties including major donor relations while main-
taining oversight of the college's admissions office. In addi-
tion, he will offer administrative support to the president.
The college has begun a search for a new academic vice
president, and hopes to fill the position by the beginning of
the 2002-03 school year.
"Dr. Masoner has provided solid leadership in the academic
area and now he will be using his years of experience to con-
tinue moving Bryan College ahead," Dr. Brown said in
announcing the change. "He has worked with foundations,
state legislators, and business executives so he has the savvy
to continue to represent Bryan well."
"I'm excited about this opportunity," Dr. Masoner said. "I
strongly believe in the educational work Bryan is doing, and
in the positive impact the college makes in the lives of young
men and women. I look forward to a new way to contribute to
strengthening and expanding Bryan's program."
Dr. Masoner came to Bryan from the University of Alabama
where he was chair of the higher education program and
director of the institute of higher education. Ml
Center for Law
Bryan College will open tile Center for
Law and American Government under the direction of Term.
State Sen. David Fowler, Dr. William E. Brown has announced.
Dr. Brown said this is a step toward having Bryan College
offer a "distinctively cutting-edge program on a biblical
understanding of the relationship between law and religion.
It's exciting to have people who are engaged in the political
process to encourage our students to do what William
Jennings Bryan did - take stands from a distinctively biblical
At the same time, Sen. Fowler will develop a symposium for
state legislators from around the country to come to Bryan
College for several days to discuss from a biblical perspective
the principles that underlie many issues they confront.
Sen. Fowler also is developing a course in American politi-
cal philosophy as part of Bryan's new political science major.
"This is an opportunity for our students to interact with v
somebody who thinks like them who is in a political position
of influence," Dr. Brown said. "I believe it will be energizing
for Sen. Fowler to interact with our students as they challenge
each other in the classroom." Ml
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